In another shocking development in Arizona’s 2020 ballot audit, not only did Dominion refuse to hand over the codes to the voting machines, but Maricopa County election officials removed the entire database containing all election information from the voting machines. This put the ballot audit in jeopardy.
The Maricopa, Arizona audit team posted a tweet about the outburst saying, “Before the election equipment was delivered for audit, Maricopa County removed a directory full of election databases from days into the 2020 election cycle. This is spoliation of evidence!”
Last week, the county’s Board of Supervisors also held an emergency meeting and decided not to provide auditors with passwords for the 2020 election results or access to the routers required for the audit, according to U.S. media outlet the Gateway Pundit.
In a letter to Jack Sellers, chairman of the county’s Board of Supervisors, Arizona Senate President Karen Fann cited three serious issues.
The first issue concerns Maricopa County’s intentional breach of its prior commitment to fully comply with the legislative subpoena issued on Jan. 13, 2021.
The second issue is the anomalous chain of custody and ballot organization of production and marketing. As the audit progressed, the Senate contractor became aware of glaring omissions, inconsistencies and anomalies related to the processing, organization and deposit of ballots in Maricopa County.
The third issue is the deleted database. They recently discovered that the entire “database” directory on drive D of the “EMSPrimary” machine had been deleted. “This indicates that the primary database of all election-related data for the November 2020 election has been deleted,” Vann questioned Sellers, “Why were these folders deleted and were there any backups that might have contained the deleted folders?”
Media analysis suggests that because the Arizona ballot audit could have a demonstration effect on other states, Democrats in the state have been trying to block the audit. Former U.S. President Donald Trump (Trump) has long issued a call for Americans to pay close attention to Arizona’s ballot audit so that it is not interfered with. Trump has long determined that there was massive election fraud in the 2020 presidential election.
After learning of the troubled audit, Trump issued a statement Thursday, May 13, saying, “The fake news mainstream media is doing everything they can to cover up this breaking news. They have always refused to talk about or report on this story. They don’t want America and the world to see what is happening in our corrupt ‘Third World Election.'”
Chairman Vann reportedly decided to invite Sellers and other county officials to attend a May 18 hearing at the state Capitol, which will be broadcast live to the public throughout, to address the missing EMS documents and other issues in the ballot audit.